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Houston-to-Dallas High Speed Rail Project Gains Steam

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For the last year, city governments have been talking about the proposed Houston-Dallas high-speed rail project.

While some cities are against the creation of a high-speed train directly from Dallas to Houston, there is no doubt that the project could be a much-needed boost for local city economies if it were to come to fruition. We looked into the proposed plan, whose statistics are highlighted on Texas Central, for updates on the project.

The proposed bullet train promises to move passengers from Dallas to Houston, or vice versa, in under 90 minutes. They are proposing a rail system because “traffic jams, construction delays, and flat tires” will be a thing of the past for commuters who travel regularly between the two major metropolitan areas.

The site also points out that by 2035, the “Texas Department of Transportation estimates that this trek [up Interstate 45] could take upwards of 6.5 hours..[and] a 2010 study of intercity travel…estimated that the average travel speeds of approximately 60 mph along the I-45 corridor would drop almost 35 percent to 40 mph.” Judging by the population increase in Hill Country cities alone in the past ten years or so, this seems like an accurate observation.

So who opposes the system and who supports it? Well, the Texas Central Railroad group met with landowners in Waller County on May 5th, and the landowners were very much against the project. As one landowner told KHOU, “If this thing goes through, it’s literally going to cut my property right in half. I have 21 acres and I bought it to be able to raise my grandkids, have a fishing pond there.”

However, on that same day, the Waco City Council and Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization both endorsed the high-speed rail project, as reported by KXXV, as a safe alternative to a growing traffic problem across the state.

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